Friday, April 28, 2006

Appendix B - Google it!

You would think, in the age of Google and the online dictionary, it wouldn't be so hard to figure out that a certain name was a bad one. Unfortunately for some, a simple Google search proved to be too much:

Nivea Airiel - Alternate spelling of Nevaeh? Probably. But also a lotion brand.

Shlok Vishal - Yes, I know, an "ethnic"* name. But still incredibly unfortunate.

Kipper Eugene - Baby? Or delicious breakfast fish?

Alexia Addison - Not one, but TWO disorders in one name!! (Alexia, Addison)

Shalott - "Is it too out there/arty?" No, but it kind of makes me hungry...


Some names don't even require an internet search: a simple out-loud pronunciation should suffice. Cases in point:

Analee


Tylynn Alexus (Tylenol-exus?)

Morana


*Someday I am going to write an entry about how much I hate the word "ethnic" as a name descriptor. It is so often used as a PC codeword for "something that is strange and not my own safe, normal culture" that its use when talking about names always seems so loaded.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was just waiting for the day that I stumbled across an Alexia Addison...*wrips hair out*

Friday, April 28, 2006 6:54:00 AM  
Anonymous Judicare E Tenebris said...

in 10 years this will be a nation of Neveahs and Moranas. Without the quick thinking and sacasm of good people like you....the earth is doomed.

Saturday, April 29, 2006 9:56:00 AM  
Blogger Van Grantham said...

holy crap, I can't believe I misspelled 'sarcasm'. Damn you teh internets!

Saturday, April 29, 2006 9:57:00 AM  

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